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  1. No Rev, but the most spectacular trick-flying i've seen in a long time: pilot is Thorsten Axmann, flying since maybe 3 (?) years and just won the european cup 2010. Good winds Andreas
  2. Hi Duane, lead is probably not a good idea as this heavy line will for sure reduce the overall control. As posted above, try to add leader lines of bridle line. I think one can almost neglect the small extra weight. However, there are more tuning-options. I think your kite has usual yoyo-stoppers attached to the leading edge? One way to increase your chance to hit the stopper is to add one ore more pairs of "safety stoppers" below the original one, for example made from wire straps. This is often used by LevelOne on their kites, see for example the Pictures Here. Another modification are roll bars as invented(?) by Tim Benson on his Deepspace. This things make it almost impossible to miss the stoppers. They have some more sideeffects, for example they tighten the sail and prevent it from being wrapped together in multiple yoyos. The drawback is that they add a real ammount of weight to a somewhat unusual area of the sail. Besides this "hardware" changes, there is another alternative used by Carl Robertshaw which I know as "yoyo-line" or "h-block". Idea is to take some leader lines, wrap them around the sail one time and then add a horizontal connection between those lines on the back of the kite. If this "block" is attached at the right position, it will prevent the lines from sliding down the leading edge. The line is so long, that it does not affect the kite in normal flight. In this case, even normal yoyo-stoppers are not necessary anymore. Oh, and practice, practice, practice ;-) Good luck! Andreas
  3. http://www.bluemoonkites.com/6149.htm
  4. Can I get a second membership to increase my odds?
  5. Hi Duane, As far as I know, the "normal" versions of the Nirvana have normal 6mm carbon rods. Those rods are, at least in europe, available in any length up to ~2m. Maybe just ask at your usual kite shop. However, many versions of the Nirvana do have SkyShark spines. The std. 5pt, UL I don't know, but 3pt meight work. Those rods are available in long 40inch versions. Check: http://www.skyburner.com/skyshark/pdfs/skysharkTubeChart.pdf If 6mm is not available, take one of those and simply shorten them on the thin end down to the length you need. However, I have never ever killed a skyshark spine (pt or p series) on any of my kites, so do not stock too many of them. Only spine I ever killed was actually a 6mm one at an R-Sky Diablis. Oh, and if you change from 6mm to pt series, you will need a new centre-T. As this might be not available, I always drill the hole bigger... Cheers Andreas
  6. Hi Duane, glad to hear that it worked out Smooth winds Andreas
  7. Aha, the bridle will not help you a lot with the yoyo, although the reverse-turbo helps a little bit, but you have to give a realy sharp input! What people here in germany usually do is to shorten the upper spreader by 1-2 cm. Alternatively, you can move the position of the US a little bit down. This can help with yoyos and taz-machines... Or try to put some more tailweight... Just don't give up, the Nirvana is a great kite once you got used to it (the SUL is awesome imo)... Andreas
  8. Just saw that you have a SE, I don't know if the positions are exactly the same here. On the other hand, if your LS is in the center of your center-hole, all should be fine... Andreas
  9. Hi, it's better to measure distances from the centre of the nose, as the length of the LE may vary by some cm. Hope this helps: Andreas
  10. Hi, the RTG-bridle is a reverse-turbo bridle for the Nirvana flown by many pilots. The other well known reverse-turbo bridle is the Debray-replica version, but this one gives a lot of pull to the lines and stress to the frame, so it is only recommended to the Aerostuff frame or a durable nitro-lower spreader or similar. I also like the RTG-version the most, where I adjust the length of the turbo-part depending on wind-speed. You will find this pdf file: http://www.reeddesign.co.uk/pdf/NirvanaBridles.pdf usefull. It contains all "standard" bridle dimensions for the nirvana. I put pigtails everywhere on my bridle, so I can adjust any configuration I want within seconds... :-) Andreas
  11. I fly my Nirvana Std. with 15-25g, depending on wind speed. The more wind, the more weight I add in order to keep trickability. In high winds, the additional weight helps to gain some momentum and therefore speed in the tricks. However, you tend to loose precision as the kite wants to oversteer after sharp turns and I feel like I strongly loose control when the kite is overloaded in light winds. I usually start with the smallest weight. If the kite does all the tricks I want I don't see a reason for putting more weight. If I have to run like crazy in order to get a cascade or a yoyo, add more weight... Andreas
  12. Bimi

    Back Spin

    If you learned doing a jacobs ladder by failing a backspin, there should only be a little adjustment left for a proper backspin. Try walking foreward to allow the kite to complete the rotation. Also, I found it most important to realise that the nose of the kite has to point slighly upwards for the initial input. Try to hold the kite in the fade position with your hands, holding it on the nose with one hand. Now, slightly angle the nose downward and try to rotate the kite with your second hand as it should do for a BS. You can grap the leadingedge for this input and pull horizontally. You will notice that you will basically force the kite back to flying position, with the nose pointing down. Now, slightly point the nose upwards and initiate the rotation again. Horizontal pull on the LE should now cause the kite to rotate "on the nose", as you create a kind of air-pillow below the sail. Also, the drag should be strongly reduced in this position and only little input is required. In summary, you may simply have to take a small step foreward before the initial input, as this will allow the nose to point upward. Good luck Andreas
  13. All time favorite: TrickTail. I only fly it in almost non-existing winds and it always makes me smile. Only kite (I) can slide all the way through the wind window, axel and slide back This one may be almost unknown in the US: The NRG. Heavy in pull, very slow (and loud) and precise but capable of all the tricks www.alphakites.de Andreas
  14. Cool, I like the new layout. Tried to download one of the recently uploaded tutorials. For this files, there is no estimate of the file-size in the overwiew (0bytes). In case this size is determined by the software automatically there may be something wrong... Andreas
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